Coffee County Football Shows Improvement at Walker Valley 7 on 7 Event

C.J. Anthony of Coffee County football

The Coffee County Central High School football team traveled to Cleveland on Tuesday for three 7 on 7 games at Walker Valley.  Coach Doug Greene, who has bemoaned the slow starting Raiders this summer, was pleased with Coffee County’s execution on the night.  Speaking of the Red Raiders performance he said “tonight was as well as we have executed on both sides of the ball (all summer).”

Opening up against Ooltewah, the defense forced a 3 and out and Kelvin Verge caught a long pass on a fly route.  “Our quarterbacks made better decision with some good throws tonight” said Greene.  He also praised the performance of his running backs calling out Marshall Haney and Ethan Baker for making some good catches out of the backfield.

On the defensive side, Greene praised the play of C.J. Anthony who had an interception.  “We are still running to the ball well and understanding what we need to do at the safety position” added Greene.  He added that the defensive backfield still needs improvement in communicating.

The Red Raiders will travel to Shelbyville on Thursday for their final 7 on 7 scrimmages of the summer.  They will take part in the 7 on 7 scrimmage where they will play at least 5 games.  First action will begin at 9:30 AM at Shelbyville Central High School.

Red Raider Tennis Player Jaden Talley Advances to Tournament Finals Finish

Jaden Talley with his 2nd place medal[Photo provided]

For the second straight year, Coffee County Central High School rising  junior tennis player Jaden Talley captured a medal in the Ensworth Summer UTR Invitational. Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) is a global tennis player rating system whose goal is to produce an objective, consistent, and accurate index of players’ skill in the game of tennis. UTR rates all players without regard to age, gender, nationality, or locale of a given match.
After his performance in the seeding matches, Talley opened up play in the single elimination bracket on Sunday with a bye in the round of 16. In the quarterfinals, Talley captured a straight set win(6-3, 6-2) over Tyler Smith of Franklin. Talley battled to another straight set win in the semifinals by set scores of 7-5, 6-1 over Owen Irving of Nashville to advance to the finals. In the finals, Jaden squared off against Max Pruitt of Ensworth. Talley fell in straight sets 4-6, 3-6.
Talley credits his performance to a long summer of working on his game and facing some tougher competition. Talley and CHS teammate Jonah Rollman have practiced together every chance possible this summer and Jaden says “it has improved some areas of my game from the beginning of the summer.” Talley has also committed himself to working against older and more talented players this summer in league play to develop his skills.
The tournament was the 2nd of the summer for Talley as he won the consolation bracket title in his first tournament earlier this summer. Next up for Talley will be the state team tennis championship in Murfreesboro. Talley, a member of a select team out of Murfreesboro, is looking forward to the tournament which begins on Friday and concludes on Saturday. In the preparation matches for this week-end’s tournament, Talley’s team is unbeaten.

Westwood’s Dyer-Bouldin Field Undergoes Improvement Project

A look at the south end zone at Dyer Bouldin Field on 15July2019[Photo by Chad Dyer]

A summer of hard work has culminated in a facelift for the playing surface at Dyer-Bouldin Field.  The Manchester City School System, at the behest of Rocket coach Chad Dyer, have invested in a new playing surface and new goalposts at Westwood Middle School.

Thunder Radio spoke with Westwood head coach Chad Dyer on Tuesday and he had this to say: “We are very excited Dr. Vaughn and the MCS school board saw the need to invest in making Dyer-Bouldin field a place the city can be proud of. A football field worthy of the two men its named after.  Our kids can’t wait to get on it and that’s what this is all about. Not only do our kids deserve a safe playing surface but we need to do our part to ensure our opponents can trust our playing surface as well. With the help of Dr. Vaughn and the school board I feel everyone can trust our field will be suitable for Football and Soccer.”

The existing grass field was completely taken off and the surface laser graded to with a new crown for drainage.  An irrigation system was installed and fresh layer of 419 bermuda sod was placed on the surface.  With the finishing touch, a new set of gooseneck goal posts were added in each end zone.  The multi-use field is the home of the Rocket football team and the Rocket and Lady Rocket soccer teams.

Sounds Lose Tight Game in San Antonio

San Antonio center fielder Trent Grisham hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Missions to a 6-5 win over the Nashville Sounds Tuesday night at Nelson Wolff Stadium.

Grisham’s blast was off Nashville reliever Miguel Del Pozo and came with one out in the frame. It snapped a 5-5 tie in what was a back-and-forth game all night.

Neither team got length from their starting pitcher as Pedro Payano threw 79 pitches in 2 2/3 innings for the Sounds and Drew Smyly threw 83 pitches in 3 2/3 innings for the Missions. Payano allowed five earned runs and Smyly yielded four.

The scoring started immediately in the first when San Antonio’s Nate Orf knocked in a pair of runs with a single to center field.

Patrick Wisdom’s first hit of the night trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the second, but the Missions came back with a run of their own to extend the lead to 3-1. The same happened in the third when Matt Davidson’s RBI fielder’s choice netted Nashville a run, but San Antonio’s Lucas Erceg drilled a two-run homer off Payano to make it a 5-2 game.

In the fourth, Juremi Profar had an RBI double and Eli White came through with a run-scoring single to cut the deficit to one run at 5-4.

Relievers Tim Dillard and Kyle Dowdy kept the Sounds in it while the offense chipped away. The two bullpen arms tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings to keep the game close. Zack Granite’s RBI double plated Jett Bandy in the sixth inning to tie the game at 6-6.

It stayed that way until Grisham’s homer off a 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the eighth gave San Antonio the lead.

Game three of the four-game series is scheduled for Wednesday night in San Antonio. Right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-1, 3.68) starts for Nashville against right-hander Aaron Wilkerson (6-1, 2.72) for San Antonio. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Post-Game Notes

– With tonight’s 6-5 loss, the Sounds dropped to 40-55 on the season.

– Patrick Wisdom had two more hits for Nashville and is hitting .306 (11-for-36) in nine games in the month of July.

– Zack Granite swiped his 17th base of the season and is now tied for seventh-most in the Pacific Coast League.

– Eli White went 1-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to six games.

The 2019 season is the 42nd in Nashville Sounds franchise history and first as the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Single-game tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting

Sounds Get Blasted by San Antonio on Monday Night

In what was a close game in the first half of the game, San Antonio scored six runs in the fifth inning to break open their lead and continued to score, eventually winning 11-1. Two-time MLB All-Star Gio Gonzalez made a rehab start for San Antonio and allowed the only run to Nashville.

San Antonio scored first in the bottom of the first when Trent Grisham hit a lead-off homer on a fly ball to right-center field, giving the Missions a 1-0 lead. Nashville’s starting pitcher Seth Maness pitched well after that, getting the Missions to ground into double plays in three of the first four innings.

Eli White was the one who tagged the run on Gonzalez when he hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. It was his 12th home run of the season. That tied the game at one apiece.

But San Antonio exploded for six runs in the fifth inning. Cory Spangenberg opened the inning up with a two-run single. David Freitas had an RBI single himself before Travis Shaw hit a three-run home run to make the score 6-1, Missions.

The Missions would score in each of the next three innings. Freitas hit another RBI single in the sixth inning. Grisham singled with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to score one, followed by a Mauricio Dubon RBI fielder’s choice. Nate Orf was responsible for the final run in the bottom of the eighth when he hit an RBI single himself, finalizing the score at 11-1.

Game two of the series starts Tuesday at 7:05 p.m., where right-hander Pedro Payano (2-2, 3.08) will start for the Sounds and face off against left-hander Drew Smyly (1-0, 3.00) for the Missions.

Post-Game Notes

– With Monday ‘s 11-1 loss, the Sounds drop to 40-54 on the season.

– The lead-off home run by Trent Grisham was the fourth time the Sounds allowed a lead-off home run this season. The last came from Oklahoma City’s Gavin Lux on June 30. Connor Joe also did so on June 29 for Oklahoma City. Magneuris Sierra hit one on June 20 for New Orleans.

– The Sounds three double plays tied a team season-high. The only other time they did so was on April 30 versus Omaha.

– Eli White’s 12 home runs rank third for the Sounds. He trails Patrick Wisdom (15) and Matt Davidson (22).

– Zack Granite and Matt Davidson both had multi-hit efforts. It was Granite’s 29th multi-hit game and Davidson’s 19th.

Manchester Makos Swim Club Captures Summer Race Championship(Updated)

2019 Manchester Makos with their Summer Race League trophy[Photo Provided]

The Manchester Makos swim program completed their 2019 summer meet season on Saturday to cap off another phenomenal year.  The Makos won their 5th consecutive Summer Race League Championship on Saturday. The Championship featured 10 swim teams from the region.  The Makos rolled up 2,515.5 points to outdistance 2nd place Sewanee who had 1,828.5.  Tullahoma finished in 10th place with a total of 858.5 points in the meet held at the University of the South.  The Makos boys finished in 2nd place in the men’s division as they were edged by Sewanee 993 to 988.5.  The Makos girls ran away with the title in the women’s division.  They beat 2nd place Athens by a score of 1383 to 669.5.

The Manchester team broke several team and meet records and three Makos took home high point awards for their age division: Isaac Lee (13-14 boys), Caitlyn Slayton (15-16 girls) and Ashley Slayton (17-19 girls).

The Makos got relay team wins from:
• 8U girls’ team of Kendall Kesling, Avory Gilday, Cora Rice and Harper Crosslin won the 100M freestyle relay with a time of 1:25.51.
• 14U mixed team of Nick Bogle, Emily Williams, Lee Issac and Clancy Sand won the 100M medley relay with a time of 1:01.35. (New Race League record) 
• 19U mixed team of Ashley Slayton, Jack Beachborad, Joshua Rutledge and Caitlyn Slayton won the 100M medley relay with a time of 56.90.
• 14U boys’ team of Nick Bogle, Logan Holt, David Everett and Issac Lee won the 100M freestyle relay with a time of 52.94.
• 19U girls’ team of Caitlyn Slayton, Lauren Lee, Madeline DeWolfe and Ashley Slayton won the 50M freestyle with a time of 55.61.

Top 3 Individual finishers were:
Issac Lee(14U) – 1st place, 50M freestyle; (New Race League record) 1st place, 50M breaststroke; (New Race League record) 1st place, 100M IM; (New Race League record) 
Ashley Slayton(19U) – 1st place, 50M freestyle; (New Race League record) 1st place, 100M IM; 1st place, 50M butterfly;
Nick Bogle(14U) – 1st place, 50M butterfly;(New Race League record)  1st place, 50M backstroke; (New Race League record) 2nd place, 100M IM; (New Race League record) 
Caitlyn Slayton(19U) – 1st place, 50M backstroke; 2nd place, 50M freestyle; 2nd place, 50M breaststroke;
Jaci Howlett(10U) – 1st place, 50M freestyle; 2nd place, 25M butterfly; 3rd place, 100M IM;
Payton Behrendorff(10U) – 1st place, 25M backstroke; 3rd place, 25M breaststroke; 3rd place, 100M IM;
Emily Williams(14U) – 1st place, 50M breaststroke; 2nd place, 100M IM; 2nd place, 50M butterfly;
Audrey Yates(6U) – 1st place, 25M backstroke; 3rd place, 25M freestyle;
Kaylee Williams(19U) – 1st place, 50M breaststroke; 3rd place, 100M IM;
Olivia Bryan(8U) – 1st place, 100M IM;
Clancy Sand(14U) – 1st place, 50M freestyle;
Jack Beachboard(19U) – 2nd place, 50M breaststroke; 2nd place, 100M IM; 2nd place, 50M backstroke; (New Race League record) 
Madeline DeWolfe(19U) – 2nd place, 100M IM; 2nd place, 50M backstroke; 2nd place, 50M butterfly;
Ben Robinson(8U) – 2nd place, 25M freestyle; 2nd place, 25M butterfly;
Abby Gilday(12U) – 2nd place, 50M freestyle; 3rd place, 100M IM;
Jack Stowe(12U) – 2nd place, 50M butterfly; 3rd place, 50M backstroke;
Adie Brown(8U) – 2nd place, 100M IM;
Cora Rice(8U) – 2nd place, 25M freestyle;
Kendall Kesling(8U) – 2nd place, 25M breaststroke;
Harper Crosslin(8U) – 3rd place, 25M backstroke; 3rd place, 25M butterfly;
Ryan Brown(10U) – 3rd place, 50M freestyle; 3rd place, 25M backstroke;
Lauren Lee(19U) – 3rd place, 50M freestyle; 3rd place, 50M butterfly;
Sofia Aquino(6U) – 3rd place, 25M backstroke;
Logan Holt(14U) – 3rd place, 50M backstroke;

“I think there are three things that make our team so successful,” said head coach Shawn Daniels. “Our swimmers have an incredible work ethic, practicing for hours multiple times per week. They do a good job of supporting each other throughout the season, both in and outside of the pool. We also have an extraordinary support team comprised of parent volunteers and our recreation department.”

Good coaching doesn’t hurt, either. Daniels started the Makos team ten years ago and has consistently led her swimmers to break records, both locally and regionally. Becky Behrendorff and Rebekah Buchanan round out the coaching team, contributing countless hours at the pool to help swimmers hone their skills and encourage them to do their best.

The Manchester Makos, housed at the Manchester Recreation Center, is comprised of 118 swimmers, ages 4-18. The summer swim season included five meets, and the Makos won all of them. Points are given for the top three finishers in each event and contribute to the team’s total. In addition to individual races, swimmers compete in a series of relays.

“Swimming is a unique sport,” said Makos Parent Board President Lisa Lazalier. “It gives participants the chance to celebrate the team’s accomplishments while focusing on an individual goal. Even if a swimmer doesn’t place in an event, if he/she shaves off time, it’s considered an individual victory.

The Manchester Makos Swim Team is a competitive swim team offering high-quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. The team’s goal is to provide every member with the opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from novice to advanced swimmer.

Registration for the Makos fall swim season will be held in late August. Those interested may contact the Manchester Recreation Center or visit for more information.

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Coffee County Raiders 10U Baseball Team Wins State Title

Coffee County 10U state champs[Photo provided]

The Coffee County Raiders 10U baseball team posted a 6 and 0 record this past weekend to capture the Tennessee Youth Baseball Association Recreation division state title.  The Raiders were a perfect 3 and 0 in pool play on Friday and Saturday.  They finished off their championship run with 3 straight wins on Sunday to claim the title.

On Friday, the Raiders opened up pool play with a 14 to 7 win over the Liberty Patriots.  They came back on Saturday afternoon to roll up DeKalb County 13 to 3.  They closed out Saturday with a 15 to 4 win over McMinnville to give them the top seed in the tournament championship bracket.

On Sunday, the Raiders opened up with a pair of wins over DeKalb County and McMinnville to advance to the finals against Liberty.  The Raiders fell behind 4 to 2 going into the 3rd inning before Trace Parker ripped a 3 run homer to spark a 5 run 3rd inning.  The Raiders added 7 more runs in the 4th inning to gain the 10 run cushion needed for the mercy rule to be invoked if the Raiders could get Liberty out in the bottom of the 4th.  Pitcher Caleb Crouch set Liberty down in order on strikeouts to give the Coffee County 9 the title.

Along with his championship game home run, Parker pitched a shutout in the semifinals.  Crouch got the win in the title game as he finished with 6 strikeouts and played well defensively all weekend long.  At the plate, Chase Leonard led the team in hitting as he had 9 doubles and 18 RBI over the weekend.   Tristan Spencer, Eli Hancock, Grayson Sadler and Leiton Yancer all had wins on the mound for Coffee County.  The Raiders were coached by Jay Crouch, Kerry Gannon, Greg Hancock and Craig Sadler.

Al White Ford/Lincoln Helps Westwood Middle Teams Raise Funds

Kinda Baxter(center left) of Westwood volleyball accepts a check from Baxter White(center right) on Saturday.

Al White Ford/Lincoln, in conjunction with Lincoln Motor Company, hosted a Driven to Give Event to benefit a pair of Westwood athletic teams.  The event, which was held in May, earned money for the Lady Rocket volleyball team and the Rocket soccer team. A check was presented to the volleyball team at a ceremony in the Al White showroom on Saturday.

Al White Ford/Lincoln raised over $80,000 last school year for schools and teams through test drive events like this one with both Ford and Lincoln.  Over the past 4 years, Al White has helped raise well over a quarter of a million dollars for the community through these events.  Baxter White coordinates the test drive program for the dealership.  Al White’s test drive program will ramp up for the school year in September.

Nashville Falls to New Orleans, Splits Series

New Orleans offense came up big in Sunday’s series finale, scoring four runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth to ultimately beat Nashville 9-3. The loss resulted in a series split and gives the Baby Cakes a season-series lead at 7-6.

New Orleans scored in the first inning on an RBI double by Isan Diaz that scored Eddy Alvarez. That would be the only run scored in the first three innings by either team. The Sounds were close to scoring in the bottom of the third inning when they loaded the bases. The Sounds were unable to take advantage as Baby Cakes’ starter Joe Gunkel struck out Matt Davidson to end the inning.

Patrick Wisdom hit a home run for a second consecutive night. This time it came in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 1. It was Wisdom’s 14th of the season.

The Baby Cakes regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Wilkin Castillo doubled to left field to score Peter O’Brien. Two more runs scored in the inning on a single by Alvarez, who later scored on an Austin Dean single to give New Orleans a 5-1 lead.

Three more runs were scored by New Orleans in the top of the sixth. O’Brien hit a solo home run to get the inning started. Gabriel Guerrero and Alvarez knocked in the two other runs to extend the New Orleans’ lead 8-1.

Another run wouldn’t be scored until the bottom of the eighth. Andy Ibanez scored on an RBI single to put the score at 8-2. New Orleans respond in the top of the ninth on a solo home run by Diaz, making the score 9-2.

Wisdom hit another home run in the bottom of the ninth but that would be all, as the Sounds lost to the Baby Cakes 9-3.

Nashville hits the road for a four-game series in San Antonio Monday. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m., with Sounds’ right-hander Seth Maness (5-2, 4.97) facing Missions’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez (0-0, —). Gonzalez is making his first appearance with San Antonio on a rehab assignment.

Post-Game Notes

– With Sunday’s 9-3 loss, the Sounds drop to 40-53 on the season.

– Patrick Wisdom’s two home runs tonight totals three in the past 24 hours. It was the third time a Sounds hitter had a multi-home run game, the last being when Wisdom had two on May 18 at Round Rock.

– Sounds starter Joe Palumbo recorded six strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched tonight, giving him 20 punchouts in 13.1 innings with Nashville thus far.

– With the series split, the Sounds are now 6-12-4 in series results this season.

The 2019 season is the 42nd in Nashville Sounds franchise history and first as the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Single-game tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting

Coffee County CHS Volleyball Closes Out Camp with Pair of Wins

The Coffee County CHS volleyball team finished strong on Saturday in 3 day team camp at Cumberland.  After a 2 and 2 performance of Friday, the Lady Raiders won both of their matches on Saturday.

On Friday, the Lady Raiders played 4 controlled scrimmages winning 2 of the 4.  Coffee County got wins over Mt. Juliet Christian and Cannon County.  They fell in close losses to Clarksville Northeast and Gallatin.

On Saturday, the Lady Raiders opened with a straight set win over University School of Nashville 25-15 and 25-19.  In their final game, Coffee County won a 3 set rematch with Mt. Juliet Christian 19-25, 25-20 and 18-16.  Coach Andrew Taylor called out the performances of Andrea Rigney, Maddie Husted, Kiya Ferrell and Lauren Brandt.  The Lady Raiders will hit the road on Wednesday for 3 days of competition at Eagleville.

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